9 Bad Leadership Habits That Undermine Female Leaders

If you want to be a female leader, there are certain habits that might hold you back, and you probably don’t even notice you’re doing them. Ditch the following bad leadership habits to see you success soar. Question: What is one bad leadership habit you are actively trying to overcome, and why? Doing Things Because I “Should” ELIZABETH SAUNDERS Real Life E® I’m generally good at setting boundaries, but as my business grows, I have to be even more selective. This includes cutting down on things that I sometimes feel I “should” do but aren’t always the best use of my time, such as coffee meetings and responding to unsolicited requests. I still do these, but within bounds that work with my goals. Downplaying My Accomplishments TAMARA NALL The Leading Niche When I speak to customers, vendors, employees or mentees, people have researched my background and often mention my accomplishments during the conversation. Rather than appreciate these acknowledgements, I often downplay them or change the subject. As an entrepreneur,  I’m now trying to sit back and appreciate my success — something that many entrepreneurs don’t often do, but should. Seeing Criticism as a Bad Thing MAREN HOGAN Red Branch Media So many women want to be liked, so we avoid giving criticism that needs to be given. Instead, we send our employees and direct reports out into the world ill-equipped for the criticism they will face when they turn in substandard work. Criticism doesn’t mean tearing people down; it means pruning their skills until they’re better than ever. I try to remove the negative stereotype of criticism every day. Being Too Idealistic SOUNY WEST Collabz I...